Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Introducing Molly Malone

Great News!! My agent said I could officially spread the word now: I have sold a second mystery series---The Molly Malone Mysteries. Molly Malone book #1 will be pubbed either August or September of 2012 by Midnight Ink. 

Molly Malone is set in contemporary Washington, DC, which is my old hometown. It's got good guys, bad guys, and political types (all fictional) mixed in with mystery and some intrigue. Molly first "walked onstage" in my head in February 2006, when I was busily trying to write A KILLER STITCH. As you've heard me say before, my characters don't ask if they can show up, they just appear front and center and try to distract me. I told Molly and her friends (who seemed to increase daily) to stop bothering me because I was busy with Kelly Flynn. Then, I promised I'd "play with them" that summer.


Later that summer, after returning from a vacation to refill the well, I went into my shady backyard with my laptop, plopped down on the chaise lounge, and said to Molly and Company: "Okay, who ARE you people?" Boy---did they proceed to tell me. Molly's story---and theirs---just poured out. I could barely type fast enough. It took days and days and days to get all that "back story" down. Then, they proceeded to tell me what was about to happen next.

Characters appeared and introduced themselves and spun scenes---friends, enemies, old confidantes, bad boy from the past. . .Bad boy from the past? Who's that? Hmmmmmmm. I didn't have time to get a word in edgewise. They kept talking and talking and talking. Finally, they let me know THEY were finished, and it was MY turn now. Huh? I thought, reading through all those pages I'd typed and printed out. Where do I begin?

So---I decided to let Molly take over. She didn't miss a beat. She stepped right up---cheeky tart---and started telling me what happened next. . .and next. . .and next. The Molly Malone Mysteries are in Molly's voice---first person narrative as writers say. And it is definitely a distinctive voice. Here's a brief intro to Molly and what's happening as book #1 opens.
"Molly Malone needs money, and she needs it fast. Her broker gambled all her savings in the stock market and lost. And her ex-husband is about to evict her from his Denver condo. With her savings gone and her bank account approaching zero, Molly is forced to do what she swore she never would: return to the city that broke her heart--Washington, DC--and face the ghosts---and enemies---from her past."

I can't wait until you folks have a chance to meet her.

32 comments:

Lover of Books said...

Congrats! I cannot wait to read the first book!
Krista

Shel said...

Wow.. just...Wow.

Dru said...

Ditto Shel, WOW!

tonya kappes said...

Great news! Congratulations

~ Babs ~ said...

This is great new congrats and I can not wait to read all about Molly.

Bookwoman said...

Wow! How can we wait until 2012?

Deb Baker said...

2012??? We are ready for more right now.

NoraA said...

Maggie, you're bound and determined to put a major crimp in my book buying budget, aren't you?

As soon as you have a title and a firm release date, I'll add it to my new title release list on FaceBook.

Keep up the great work.

Janet said...

Congratulations! I look forward to this new series.

BJ Miller said...

Sounds so exciting!! I can't wait to read it, 2012 seems like such a long time away though :(

Beth Groundwater said...

Huge congratulations and a virtual hug (to be replaced by a real one when I see you next), Maggie!!! And welcome to the Midnight Ink fold!

Ellery Adams said...

I m thrilled for you and will be reading all about Molly as soon as the first book hits the stands!

Maggie Sefton said...

Ohhhh, my gosh, Krista, Shel, Dru---thank you, thank you for your comments! You don't know how good that makes me feel. You're so hoping that people will like a new character in an entirely different book. You're just praying people give 'em a chance.

Linda McDonald said...

That is awesome Maggie. I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to read Molly's first story. I can recall you mentioning working on Molly Malone over the past few years. It is great that she has a release date now! Yipppeeee!!!

Maggie Sefton said...

Tonya, Babs, Bookwoman---Thank you, thank you! That is SO good to hear.

Maggie Sefton said...

Deb---You're a sweetie. Thanks.

Maggie Sefton said...

NoraA, Janet, BJ----Thanks! I don't know how I can wait till 2012 either!

Maggie Sefton said...

Beth---Thanks so much! I'm really looking forward to joining the crew.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank you, thank you, Ellery----I can't wait to be signing Molly and Kelly with all of you.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda----That's so great you remembered! Thanks, girl. I hope you enjoy Molly's adventures.

Pooch said...

Such exciting news!! YAAAY! So long to wait!! WAAAAAH! Congrats, Maggie!!
:)

Aurian said...

O, that is good news! I am very curious already. Consider 1 book sold to me.

Anonymous said...

All right since the realease is not until 2012 it needs to be earlier than Aug/Sept.

I'm ready for it now.

Anonymous said...

All right since the realease is not until 2012 it needs to be earlier than Aug/Sept.

I'm ready for it now.

Jenn McKinlay said...

Fantastic news, Maggie!!! I can't wait to read Molly's story.

Maggie Sefton said...

Pooch, Aurian, slb1050---You guys are great! I will definitely make I regularly get Molly updates out to everyone while we mark off the days till 2012. Thanks SO much for your support.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jenn---Thanks a lot. I sure hope people are still interested in reading her two years from now! Ack!! That's such a long time!!!

Anonymous said...

So excited to hear about your new series. I love Kelly and the gang so much, but I can always add another bunch to my reading fold. Congrats and best wishes for success! I'm hoping to be able to come see you guys that are visiting Texas next week. We'll see. I'm in the Austin area.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank you so much, Kay, for the kind words---and for putting Molly on your early TBR list. Oh, I hope you'll come to see us next week! We'll be in that Barnes & Noble on Parker Road in Round Rock. Please come and say hi!

Rural View said...

Molly sounds like a character I'm really going to love following around, and first person sounds like a perfect choice.

Maggie Sefton said...

Rural View---You know, Molly's only the second character in nearly 30 years of writing fiction that has come out first person. The very first was Kate Doyle who's the heroine sleuth of my very first amateur sleuth mystery---DYING TO SELL.

holdenj said...

Congrats! I look forward to it!